New Zealand Locations Guide

Short guides of what I liked and did not like about the many New Zealand locations that I visited. I said short guides so don't expect insider's tips and local's advices, just my honest opinion on each place that I visted in this amazing country. For thorough guides on almost every New Zealand areas, towns, national parks and much much more, go check out Backpackerguide.NZ

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Paihia - North Island

Bay of Islands Day Tour Cape Reinga Day Tour
$125 $145

The Bay of Islands is exactly as magical as it sounds. I obviously didn’t visit all 144 islands off the coast of Paihia, but it was pretty awesome taking a boat to secluded beaches and even seeing some bottlenose dolphins along the way! Paihia is also a great base for taking the trip to Cape Reinga – the northern tip of New Zealand. The bus tour up there included a stop in the ancient kauri forests, seeing the Cape Reinga lighthouse with a view of the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean meeting, a drive along 90 Mile Beach, and boarding down the sand dunes.